Dramatic Scenes As Pakistan Edge Win At Headingley
Pakistan 258 (Watson 6-33) & 180-7 (Imran Farhat 67) beat
Australia 88 & 349 (Smith 77, Clarke 77, Ponting 66) by three wickets
Second Test, Headingley, day four
Pakistan edged over the line to beat Australia by three wickets in the second and final Test match at Headingley - and level the two-match series at 1-1 - after a morning of high drama as they clinched a first win over Australia for 15 years.
They begin the day needing just 40 runs to get it but prior to Umar Gul driving Mitchell Johnson through the covers for the winning run, they were made to work exceptionally hard and lost four wickets along the way.
Azhar Ali began the day by stroking a Doug Bollinger full toss to the boundary to reach his maiden Test half-century but an illustration of how fickle the game can be came next when he edged the same bowler to wicket-keeper Tim Paine having made 51.
Umar Akmal (8) had reined in his natural game and barely played an attacking shot before a defensive push also found the edge as Ben Hilfenhaus struck and Paine took a simple catch.
Shoaib Malik (10) rode his luck, missed by Michael Clarke at second slip before he drove Hilfenhaus but was superbly held by Marcus North at short cover to leave Kamran Akmal as the last recognised batsman.
He rose to the challenge, hitting Bollinger through the covers to reduce the target to 15, dabbing Hilfenhaus to third man to reduce it to ten and then punching him through square cover to reduce the runs required to just six.
With five required, he cut Mitchell Johnson into the hands of Michael Hussey at gulley and although Hussey was convinced he had taken the catch, the decision eventually went against the fielding side following the third umpire being called.
In the end, it mattered little as Akmal was eventually dismissed for 13 in exactly the same manner as he failed to get on top of the ball in Johnson's next over.
However, crucially, Mohammad Amir had before then levelled the scores by toe-ending the ball to the third man boundary and Akmal's demise ensured it was left to Gul to finish off the game.
He wasted little time, hitting his first ball hard, and just wide enough of the field to end a run of 13 straight wins for Australia over Pakistan.
The series was drawn 1-1 after Australia won the opening game at Lord's by 150 runs.
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